NHS Digital has tasked Accenture with providing free-to-adopt perimeter cybersecurity services across the health service. The contract will enable NHS organisations to better secure and manage their digital networks and reduce the risk of cyber-attacks. Technology from security companies Palo Alto and Imperva will be deployed to build on current provision from the Data Security Centre. Hospital trusts and care settings will be able to access security features, including next-generation firewall, secure filtering for web content, network intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, data loss prevention and secure domain name system services. NHS Digital Deputy Chief Executive Rob Shaw said: “This is cutting-edge technology that will help keep patient information and NHS systems safe, at no cost to local organisations. For us, the more organisations that join, the better we will be able to see what is happening across the estate.”

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